Divided into three parts each equal in charm and honesty, Cassoulet delves into the world of food as life as we are taken into stories as rich as the ingredients contained therein. Different writers explore food, family and learning to eat in a slow-cooked casserole of narratives that treat the most important aspects of life with the utmost respect.
The Newlyweds tells the story of Amina, a young woman from Bangladesh who moves to America to marry a man she met online. As she settles in, Amina struggles to maintain contact with her family, and to merge the practicality of her new marriage with the romanticism she desires. This is a thoughtful, strong debut novel, perfect for fans of Ann Patchett or Alice Munro.
Ask a woman to write about her mother and she will, invariably, have a lot to say. Ask 31 women to write about their mothers, and you will have a book. This thoughtful collection of essays – some funny, some painful, but all moving - describes the complex, intense, and fascinating world of mother/daughter relationships based on one simple theme: a gift – be it physical, emotional, or spiritual – that each woman received from her mother over the course of a lifetime. A beautiful premise. A beautiful book.